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Stephanie Bolster


Among the most coveted mentors of Concordia’s writing program, Stephanie Bolster’s keen imagistic sensibilities and ear for linguistic rhythm have been imprinted on a decade’s worth of poetry coming out of Montreal.  In 1998 Bolster published White Stone: The Alice Poems, which won her both the Governor General’s Award and the Gerald Lampert Award.  In quick succession, Two Bowls of Milk appeared a year later and won the Archibald Lampman Award, while making the shortlist for Ontario’s Trillium Award.  Brought to Montreal by Concordia University, Bolster quickly became a fixture in the city’s vibrant literary community, endowing numerous students with the generosity of her guidance.  Her third collection, Pavilion, appeared in 2002, and after that she dedicated herself to editorial work, presiding over the collected works of late Ottawa poet Diana Brebner (2005), The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and the collection Penned: Zoo Poems (2009).  (DN)

White Stone: The Alice Poems, 1998